Hows your Greek Myth knowledge? Well to be honest, the stories have been told in so many different ways. From the old slow versions of Hercules to a TV series staring Kevin Sorbo. Then an idea came up to bring views into a fantasy styled world with unique graphics and 300 was born.
Many have tried to duplicate that style and now we have Immortals. A movie on Greek Myth but this time, we see more of the Greek Gods…..in a different sort of way.
The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world.
With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.
In Immortals we have an amazing breathtaking visual story telling experience. The movie is about two hours long but you barely feel the length of it because you’re anticipating the next fight sequence that’s very cleaverly done. Take for example the fight scenes that feature the Gods. The Gods move faster than man and are more agile. The way Tarsem Singh depicts it is the Gods are flashy and very stylish in movement, yet to show that they are faster than man, their movements are in slow motion while the people they are fighting are even slower.
I also liked how the Gods were not shown as older people. Take Zeus for example, played by Luke Evans. Young, good looking and with clearly defined muceles. Now that’s the way a Greek God should be! Or even Athena, the Goddess of War, played by Isabel Lucas, my gosh in her gold armour with porcelain like skin, she truly looked like a Goddess.
The man who stole the show was ultimately Mickey Rourke for his depiction of King Hyperion. Merciless, rude and just pure evil. It was a huge amplification of his portrayal of Whiplash in Ironman 2. Except 10 times darker and 10 times tougher.
Having said all that, the story is so-so but it works. Henry Cavill has given us a very promising preview of his ability for the new Man of Steel movie. However the visuals are really what you should look out for. Leave your brain at the door, don’t make sense of it. This movie is about Greek Mythology and it’s shown to you beautifully.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The same hyperstylized, comic book-come-to-life approach that created a gorgeous visual experience for viewers of 300 elevates Immortals above the level of a that Clash of the Titans knock-off.
By Connor J. Bale
Immortals opens in cinemas 17 Nov
Photos courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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